Rugby tens


Rugby tens, also known as ten-a-side and Xs, is a variant of rugby union in which teams are made up of ten players, typically five forwards and five backs. Matches are much shorter, usually played as two ten-minute halves.

Rugby tens
Canterbury (NZ) vs Penguins (UK) at COBRA 10s, 2008
Highest governing bodyWorld Rugby
NicknamesTens, Ten-a-side,
10's or 10s and Xs.
ContactFull Contact
Team membersTen
Mixed-sexSeparate competitions
TypeTeam sport, outdoor, variant of rugby union

Unlike the other two major rugby union variants - sevens and beach rugby - which were invented in major rugby nations, rugby tens was developed in Malaysia, a nation that has never qualified for the Rugby World Cup.[1]

The rules (law variations) are similar to rugby sevens and are published on the World Rugby website.[2]

History edit

Rugby tens was introduced by the Combined Old Boys Rugby Association (COBRA) of Malaysia in 1967 primarily, to enable Asian players to better compete with against larger-sized players from the traditional rugby playing nations. COBRA organized the first Rugby ten-a-side, tournament, COBRA 10s, that same year. It has grown from a local tournament into a prestigious international tournament, with more than 40 nations have been represented to date. Many players who have participated in the COBRA 10s have gone on to don national colours.

The game is fairly popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Republic of Korea and Thailand, and especially in South Africa where it is growing very fast. Other tournaments have been organised in Europe, Africa, Australasia and North America.[3]

Features of the game edit

A rugby tens match has two halves of 10 minutes each, though the tournament organiser may change this rule. The scrum has five players, instead of eight as in rugby XV or three as in rugby sevens.

Unlike sevens rugby, tens offer players of diverse skills, capabilities and different fitness levels the opportunity to continue to enjoy the game they love so much. The more traditional scrums and lineouts are part of the game whilst the fact that there is a bit more space on the field, however not too much as to expose the slower forwards on the defensive lines, makes this a very popular game for all levels of players.

Tournaments edit

Major rugby tens tournaments include:

The popular Cape Town Tens attracts teams from all over the world to South Africa during the first week of February each year.[7]

References edit

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  1. ^ Bath, p 71
  2. ^ Tens law variations. World Rugby.
  3. ^ 10s Rugby Tournaments
  4. ^ Bath, p 29
  5. ^ HKFC Tens
  6. ^ Flanders Open Rugby Tournament
  7. ^ Cape Town Tens

External links edit

Current tournaments edit

  • COBRA Tens
  • Hong Kong Tens
  • Brisbane Global 10s[dead link]
  • World Club 10s[dead link]
  • Cape Town Tens
  • Tshwane 10s
  • Bangkok Tens
  • Phuket Rugby 10s[dead link]
  • Bondi Tens
  • Stockholm 10s
  • Helsinki 10s
  • Ibiza 10s
  • Manila Tens
  • Groningen 10s

Former tournaments edit

  • Vientiane Tens
  • Arizona Landshark 10s